When I think of Dr. King, I think of how he motivated so many people throughout the country, and literally the world to move forward, to pick themselves up, to not give up. He was fighting for racial equality, but it was so much more than that. It was about human dignity, it was about change, it was self-respect and worth, and it was about non-violence. How do these messages live today?
None of these messages are dated – they stand the test of time. And certainly during times like these, with a tough worldwide economy and many people searching for work and meaning, the message resonates even more. We all need a dream, a calling, a feeling of value and self-worth. We all need to step forward, to step up, and to continue even in the face of resistance, whether that resistance is external to us or internal to ourselves.
So my advice for you today is to:
– define and capture your dream
– develop a plan and work towards it
– share your dream with all who can help you achieve it
– think broadly, yet act by taking small steps.
As I see the devastation in Haiti and think about meeting first their basic needs and second their spirits, I say at times like this the power of the world can be a wonderful thing. As you establish your dream and goals for today and tomorrow, don’t forget about those who need the most basic support now. It’s hard to dream when you have no food and no place to live. Help others to get to the point that that they too, can create their own dreams. In this way, we honor the legacy of Dr. King while helping our fellow man.